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A Pakistani politician is getting help from his country’s Inter-Service Intelligence Directorate to block vital supplies that must travel through the country to reach U.S. and allied forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Afghanistan, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Informed regional sources say that Pakistani ex-servicemen have joined with a cricket hero turned politician, Imran Khan, to begin blocking those supplies through the narrow Khyber Pass while rallying the Lashkar-e-Islam, or LI militant group, to attack the trucks carrying supplies to NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
The disruptions are in response to continued U.S. drone attacks on Islamist militants inside Pakistan.
Unless the Pakistani government of Asif Ali Kardari stops the U.S. drone attacks on Pakistan, Khan has threatened to march his supporters against the government in Islamabad.
Sources point out that the ISI is encouraging Khan to lead the jihadist groups to carry out the blockade of supplies.
Sources say that former ISI chief Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul is the chief handler of this operation. He reportedly held meetings with former servicemen and jihadist commanders in Swabi in the Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa province in April to make plans to disrupt the supply route.
“If the ISI succeeds in their plan to interrupt this vital supply route, it may spell disaster for NATO troops in Afghanistan,” said security and terrorism expert Arif Jamal.
Militant attacks on those supplies have increased in the Khyber Pass since the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan, which created consternation for Pakistani officials.
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